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'The Fashion Body' by Liz Hoggard

[blockquote]Tim Burton is a director who understands the subversive power of dress. From Edward Scissorhands to The Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd, he creates fantastical onscreen worlds, where costume becomes a form of gothic noir.[/blockquote]
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In a season of video shorts, examining a film in-depth makes perfect sense. And what film could better fit the theme of The Fashion Body than Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, its protagonist growing and shrinking, and her clothes understandably a focus. For journalist and author Liz Hoggard, the film is a rich minefield of inspiration for an essay that seizes on Burton's trademark use of fashion and the human body to express his characters' emotions without his actors uttering a single word.